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SA firm invests in skills development and technology start-ups

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Earlier this month, South African-based WPI Power Solutions announced its partnership with local technology training institute Resolution Circle, for the development of new training programmes and increasing skills development within the sector.

The training institute, which is independently operated, but owned by the University of Johannesburg, encourages and drives the commercialisation of technology-focused start-ups while developing engineering skills.

According to Resolution Circle, CEO, Prof. Willem Clarke: “Resolution Circle is in the unique position to bridge the gap between University and Commercial Operation, by focusing on the development of new technology.

“Our vision is not to compete in the industry, but rather to support and enable the industry.”

Local skills development

WPI’s work with government entities has afforded them the opportunity to give rise to a new way of thinking in terms of developing human capital and strengthening the economy.

Alaric Pagel, the MD of WPI Power Solutions explained: “Our strategy is to implement a programme whereby people from the communities, where the maintenance on the electrical infrastructure is to take place will go through theoretical and practical training on new skills.

“The idea is that key stakeholders in these areas are also involved so that when the work is complete, the trained staff will have sustained work within their community.”

Pagel added: “We are requesting that local stakeholders such as corporate companies join us in this initiative to develop the necessary skills in their own communities and ultimately assist with the maintenance of the national grid”.

In line with government frameworks

Ideologies between the two companies are aligned as this partnership can provide South Africa with technical resources and solutions to build skills in centers around the country.

According to the power solutions company, this initiative is in line with the governments Preferential Procurement Policy Act Framework.

“WPI Power Solutions already offers EWSETA accredited training to the unit standard of ORHVS, so this initiative is perfectly aligned to our vision of improving economies of scale in the communities that we serve,” Pagel said.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.